The president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is on Twitter and he tweets nothing but positive things. Even though it is an unverified account, the tweets are considered authentic especially after Rouhani tweeted about his phone conversation with Obama before the press was informed. The tweets were deleted after and replaced by more somber announcements. However, the original tweets showed a tone of excitement and happiness.
Most of Rouhani’s tweets carry the same positive chord. The Twitter community was shocked when he responded to a tweet from Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter. Dorsey tweeted, “Good evening, President. Are citizens of Iran able to read your tweets?” It was a clear jab to the ongoing censorship in Iran. Rouhani responded with “Evening, @Jack. As I told @camanpour, my efforts geared 2 ensure my ppl’ll comfortably b able 2 access all info globally as is their #right.”
He was referring to his interview with CNN, where he promised to deliver to Iranians what was promised in his campaign, including their access to internet. In the interview, he specifically stated his belief that all his efforts are to ensure Iranians can comfortably “access all information globally and to use it. There are large social networks at a global level around today. And I believe that all human beings have a right, and all nations have a right to use them.”
Iran’s president elect, Rouhani, not only tweets but also engages with twitter users by re-tweeting their tweets. Recently, he re-tweeted about how Iranians abroad have found regulations eased on traveling or returning to their homeland. On the topic of nuclear discussions via Twitter, he re-tweeted a post that said .@JZarif: I’m hopeful that this (nuclear) issue will be resolved; comments by various people (FMs) @different times will not impede progress.”
Compared to the angry and condescending tweets from Israel’s Prime Minister, Netanyahu, it is nice to see a president with positive sentiment and engagement in the online community. Just a glance at his most recent posts in October and November are uplifting while Netanyahu spreads his anger across the internet in his tweets. This week, Netanyahu tweeted a nasty response to positive world response towards a compromise with Iran with the Geneva talks by saying, “no reason to submit to Iranian diktat or to be hasty. Iran is under harsh economic pressure and the advantage is with those applying it.”
On the other hand, Rouhani tweeted in a different tone by saying, “to address shared concerns and achieve shared objectives. In other words, win-win outcomes are not just favorable but also achievable”
The new Iranian government continues to move into a more positive light under Rouhani. Another tweet about Iran and the global community, “one of the slogans the Iranian nation has embraced is that of “constructive interaction with the world,” was far more reassuring than what is surfacing from Israel.
On religion, he tweeted that “today, more than ever, we’re in need of dialogue b/w Islam &Christianity b/c most conflicts r rooted in ignorance & unfamiliarity abt cultures.”
Iran’s president is also concerned about the environment and cares about conservation. He tweeted “We need plan to save water in agriculture, prevent excessive tap water use, protect underground sources of water & prevent illegal drilling.” It is rather imperative in a country with a water shortage problem.
Another moving tweet covered the women in Iran winning in sports. Rouhani engaged in their victory by not only tweeting but also posting a photo about the Women’s Canoe Polo team becoming Asian champions.
The entire cabinet under the new president in Iran has opened Facebook accounts. This was obviously encouraged by Rouhani and his positive sentiment towards social media. It raises hopes of Iranians and those abroad as internet censorship is easing with every positive tweet Rouhani sends to represent the new Iran.
By Cayce Manesiotis